Wednesday, August 4

Mahani Teave, the pianist who traded world fame for Easter Island

Mahani Teave playing the piano at a concert

Image source, Courtesy of Metropolitan Student Symphony


Mahani Teave was born in Hawaii, but grew up on Rapa Nui, also known as Easter Island.

As the sea level rises and the climate changes, the island Mahani Teave calls home and the culture it contains are increasingly threatened.

Easter Island, or Rapa Nui, is one of the most remote inhabited islands in the world, a small 164-square-kilometer territory in the South Pacific.

The nearest land is Pitcairn Island, a British Overseas Territory, 2,000 km away; and Chile -which has jurisdiction over Rapa Nui since 1888- which is located 3,800 km to the east.

The rolling grasslands that extend down from the volcanic ridge are dotted with more than 900 moai, the monolithic stone figures for which the island has become famous around the world.

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